Jail inspector calls for prisons review

The Chief Inspector of Prisons has called for a 'comprehensive review of strategies and policies':

  • He said the review should ensure the treatment and conditions for remand prisoners was 'consistent with their unconvicted and unsentenced status'.
  • Their rights and entitlements should also be clarified and they should be held in cells, and on wings, separate from convicted prisoners, "except in exceptional circumstances".
  • Remand prisoners should be offered "the same opportunity to work as sentenced prisoners", the report added.

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Remand change proposals

The way defendants are held on remand in jail should be overhauled to ensure costly prison places are not being used unnecessarily, the Chief Inspector of Prisons has said.